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Marcel Mauss: A Biography

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This book is the first intellectual biography of Marcel Mauss (1872-1950), the father of modern ethnology and a leading early figure in the French school of sociology. Mauss left a rich intellectual legacy in the social sciences, influencing the work of Claude Levi-Strauss and others. His masterpiece, the 1925 essay "The Gift," on reciprocity and gift economies among archa ...more
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published November 21st 2005)
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Jun 03, 2009 Hyland rated it it was ok
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The only biography about the founder of cultural anthropology. It is well-written and meticulous, though a little more reflection about the meaning of Mauss's contribution would be more valuable than the details about day to day life.
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